Feb 18, 2010 11:30pm EST
to believe the date when ben bernanke moves it off zero is getting closer. c i don't see anything in that data. we don't look like greece. we don't look like spain either. people are up because we have had good news. >> take note. the front end is being held by the fed at zero. and the concerns are starting to mount. what you're starting to see is the stheppening but the growth is not as strong as people indicated originally. >> that's not how i read the data. long-range dates went up today, the date that we are taping because the philly -- there was optimism not pessimism. >> we have 1.7 trillion in the market. interest rates do not go up, which i think is a totally unrealistic assumption over time based on the sides deficits that we're talkingng about. >> and banked on what bernanke -- >> we can debate how quickly and fast but here is the key. even if they don't go up, the single largest line item in the federal budget within 12 years will be interest on the federal debt. larger than defense. larger than medicare. larger than social security. what do weit get for that? nothing.
Feb 3, 2010 11:00pm EST
do you regret? where did you look back and say "that was the wrong call, by me, geithner, bernanke"? >> charlie i've thought about this a lot and i'm going to give you a number of mistakes i think i was involved in making. but the in 20/20 hindsight, the major decisions we made, i'm totally convinced, were the right calls and they were made in the face of unprecedented challenges with really imperfect tools without the authorities we needed in the middle of a very challenging political period with an election coming. and the reason i they is they worked and they prevented the collapse. so most of what is cited as mistakes were really things we had no control over. for instance, i would like to have seen the a.i.g. problem coming earlier. but there was no regulator that had responsibility for the whole institution and we just didn't have a clear line of sight and we didn't... we didn't have the information. i do not want to have lehman fail. i knew that would be a bad thing and we worked very hard to prevent it. but we didn't have the authorities to prevent the failure of he plan. .
Feb 11, 2010 11:30pm EST
. >> do you think geithner in this administration and the previous administration, geithner and bernanke and larry summers have done a good job in hemming the financial sector as well as -- >> you know, 2020 hindsight is a specialty in this country and now we're having all kinds of hearings. but at the time this thing hit us in a significant way, those guys were working 18, 19 hours 0 day. they were making decisions with the information that they had available. they made mistakes. but the bottom line is, the system is still working. we are making progress. >> and we averted disaster. >> we averted two or three disasters. and i, therefore, applaud what they did, and if you notice, we support what they did. were there errors? sure. >> did i make judgments that weren't perfect? you bet. >> what does the chamber think about the boca rules. >> chairman volkert is a very smart man. and he raises a thoughtful argument. that press conference with the volkert rules and things the political guys threw in that was not naferred by geithner and sumners. but the volkert rules make since with one excep
Feb 10, 2010 11:00pm EST
. bernanke. -- thank you. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] ♪ >> we have quite a lineup on this isle. only a couple on the other. we need a few more folks down here. we've already had to pull some day -- a fulsome day. let's proceed to our question and answer session. we have three other excellent speakers, so a lot to look forward to. i want the banking for coming and your excellent attention. this is our fifth symposium and they seem to get better every year, if that is indeed possible. thank you all for making this such a productive in event. all right, we will begin with our question and answer is, and because there are more of you then of view, we're going to start on this side. >> this is a question for mr. kantor. and cultural prophets redeem themselves with accurate insights? >> i am not sure that i understand the question. >> you are talking about cultural prophesied and you believe that they cannot predict accurately. but can the kid rick -- redeem themselves? >> i am not sure what you mean by t
Feb 10, 2010 12:00pm EST
corps which western intelligence believes is peterheading iran's missile program. ben bernanke is outlining the central bank's plan for reeling in stimulus money once the economic recovery is more firmly rooted. the a p rights in prepared remarks to the house committee mr. burning pieces the fed will start tightening credit by boosting the interest rate it pays banks at the central bank. to an in to booktv for a three day president's day weekend beginning saturday. others inform treasury secretary henry paulson talking with warren buffett on the 2008 economic collapse. afterwards, historian and pulitzer prize winner gary wills on how the atomic bomb change the presidency and the role of the u.s. in the world. all day monday, books on american presidents. fdr, as seen on president obama and our culture on ronald reagan. for the complete schedule go to booktv.org. . it is a little under two hours. >> meeting come to order. mahatghghandi, every worthwhile accomplishment has stages drudgery and triumph. in beginning struggle and victory. the effort to add comprehensive health care
Feb 10, 2010 8:00pm EST
, as you know, ben bernanke and tim geithner are saying a strong dollar is in the interests of the united states, in relation to the other major floating currencies. i say myself, on my part, i fully agree. a strong dollar is in the interests of the united states. i would also say that it corresponds to the overall superiority interest of the global economy as a whole, and certainly of the interest of europe. i echo what they say. i would also say that, as major floating currencies, we have the sentiment that a number of other currencies that are not floating could themselves have a progressive and orderly and timely appreciation. that is the way i see the running of the present situation. in the very long run, we could imagine other solutions, but at the present moment we are running a set of free floating major currencies, and there you have the terms of reference that we agree upon. >> another question? yes, sir. in the front row. >> while every country has its own problems and is thinking of its own solution, how do you see the doha round will succeed? if it would not, what would be t